Eyes to the skies for Solar Eclipse this Friday

Eyes to the skies for Solar Eclipse this Friday

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solarClare will be briefly plunged into near darkness this Friday as the Moon crosses the Sun and almost totally eclipses it.

The rare event begins at 8am and ends at 11am with maximum eclipse being at 9:28am when 92% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon.

This will mean that a bright sunny morning will be reduced to being only as bright as a heavily overcast dull day. As well as being noticeably dark, the temperature will drop dramatically.

“There has not been an eclipse as deep as this since 1999, and there will not be another this deep until 2026, so this is a once in 27 year event!” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland‘s magazine.

“As this is such a rare event, we are recommending everyone in Ireland should request at least a half day off work to enjoy this amazing spectacle of nature!” Mr Moore said.

A total solar eclipse will be visible this Friday morning from the Faroes and Svalbard. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometres wide.

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